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News: Outrigger expands with three new Thai properties

Outrigger Hospitality Group has completed the purchase of the Manathai Hotels & Resorts brand.

The deal includes three premier beach resorts in southern Thailand.

Outrigger will refresh the former Manathai Koh Samui, Manathai Khao Lak and Manathai Surin Phuket before rebranding and re-opening by the year-end high season as Outrigger Koh Samui Beach Resort, Outrigger Khao Lak Beach Resort and Phuket Manathai by Outrigger.

Jeff Wagoner, chief executive of Outrigger Hospitality Group, said: “The investment is directly aligned with Outrigger’s strategic business plan to expand its presence in Asia Pacific and beyond, furthering its mission to be the premier beach resort brand in the world.

“Our past success in Thailand stemmed from celebrating unique cultural aspects of the destination – which is something that we plan to continue at all three of the new properties.”


The 148-key Outrigger Koh Samui is located on the quiet sands of Lamai Beach on the east coast of Thailand’s second-largest island, which is a 70-minute flight from Bangkok and 55 minutes from Phuket.

The property, which exudes a soft ‘colonial’ elegance, includes 34 suites, a spa, three restaurants, a kids’ club and facilities for weddings and events.

In Khao Lak, a 75-minute drive north of Phuket airport, the 158-key Outrigger Khao Lak sits on Bang Sak Beach, a long stretch of fine sand coastline with uninterrupted views of the Andaman Sea.

In Phuket, 30-minutes south of the international airport, the Phuket Manathai by Outrigger is an elegant 66-room boutique property on the edge of the powder white sands of Surin Beach, within walking distance of an array of dining, shopping and entertainment venues.

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Popular drink known for its anti-inflammatory properties could reduce arthritis symptoms

Arthritis is an inflammatory condition that causes pain and swelling in the joints, which can restrict mobility and damage the joints. Arthritis medications are usually effective, though some people also look to alternative treatments to relieve their symptoms, including apple cider vinegar.

A lot of patients use home remedies for arthritis, including apple cider vinegar (ACV), to reduce their reliance on pain medication, said eMediHealth.

The health site added: “If anecdotal evidence is to be believed, ACV may exhibit anti-inflammatory properties that can help reduce joint inflammation and pain, but this is yet to be verified by science.

“It may also speed up weight loss, which is another major plus for people with arthritis.

“Excessive body weight not only makes one more prone to arthritis, but it can also exacerbate the condition once it occurs.”

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Apple cider vinegar’s health claims have been well documented since ancient times.

Centuries later, a British nurse, Margaret Hills, who developed rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and later osteoarthritis in the early 1960s, popularised using apple cider vinegar specifically to manage arthritis symptoms.

Hills claimed that consuming apple cider vinegar helped her to lead a pain-free life.

She promoted the approach in a book and later established a clinic promoting apple cider vinegar’s effectiveness at helping to treat arthritis and the symptoms associated with the condition.

How to use

Applying apple cider vinegar to affected areas of the skin may help treat psoriatic arthritis, said Dr Nicole Avena, an assistant professor of neuroscience at Mount Sinai School of Medicine and a visiting professor of health psychology at Princeton University in New Jersey.

She added: “Always start off with diluted ACV, mixing equal parts vinegar and warm water, to make sure your skin or scalp can tolerate it.

“Be especially careful when applying ACV near an open wound.

Gently pat it on with a cloth, using just a few tablespoons.

“ACV can help change the affected area’s pH levels to lessen flaking.”

The most common way of using apple cider vinegar as a treatment for various ailments is by drinking it.

However, vinegar is highly acidic, and it’s advised that before consuming, dilute it with water to prevent damage to your teeth.

Another recommended use for this product as an arthritis treatment is to apply it topically for local pain relief, said Healthline.

The site continued: “Using a cotton ball, apply vinegar to the affected area twice a day.

“To prevent irritation, consider diluting the solution with an oil such as coconut oil or olive oil and massage it into your skin. If you notice an adverse reaction, stop using it immediately.

“Many people believe that adding apple cider vinegar to your bath before bed can also help to relieve arthritis pain.

“Add one cup of the vinegar to your evening bath and sit in the solution for 20 to 30 minutes. This can help reduce overnight stiffness and swelling.”

Author: Jessica Knibbs
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High cholesterol: Four snacks with cholesterol-lowering properties to reduce serious risks

This post originally appeared on Daily Express :: Health Feed

High cholesterol means you have too much of a fatty substance called cholesterol in your blood. It is important to make a distinction between the different types of cholesterol because they are not all inherently bad. Having too much of a particular type of cholesterol can spell serious problems. Fortunately, snacking on these foods could help lower your levels and reduce the risks associated with having high cholesterol.

Fibre-rich foods

Foods high in soluble fibre – such as oatmeal, apples, prunes and beans – keep the body from absorbing cholesterol.

WebMD stated: “Research shows that people who ate five to 10 more grams of it each day saw a drop in their LDL.”

In addition, fibre helps you to feel fuller for longer, so any cravings for snacks can be diminished.

To avoid abdominal cramping or bloating, it’s advisable to increase your fibre intake slowly.

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In a study published in the National Library of Health, the effect of raw carrot on serum lipids was investigated.

The study noted: “Two hundred grams of raw carrot eaten at breakfast each day for three weeks significantly reduced serum cholesterol by 11 percent, increased faecal bile acid and fat excretion by 50 percent, and modestly increased stool weight by 25 percent.

“This suggests an associated change in bacterial flora or metabolism.

“The changes in serum cholesterol, faecal bile acids, and fat persisted three weeks after stopping treatment.”


Flaxseed and flaxseed oil contain alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), which is one of the essential omega-3 fatty acids that partly and inefficiently converts more omega-3s in the body.

While flaxseed hasn’t yet been shown to improve heart disease risk, there’s good evidence that flaxseed and flaxseed oil may lower cholesterol levels.

Flaxseed oil, like fish oil, has been studied for lowering triglycerides.

Flaxseed is being studied for many other conditions, ranging from cancer to diabetes to osteoporosis.

Saturated fat raises LDL cholesterol levels – a harmful type of cholesterol that gums up the inside of your arteries.

According to the NHS, saturated fat can be found in the following:

Meat pies, sausages and fatty meat

Butter, lard and ghee

Cream and hard cheese, like cheddar

Cakes and biscuits

Food that contains coconut oil or palm oil

You can still have foods that contain a healthier type of fat called unsaturated fat.

Unsaturated fats are found in plant foods, such as olive and vegetable oils, nuts and seeds, as well as oily fish.

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Houses for sale: Rightmove names best properties for commuters close to London

The flat is on the top floor of the building with amazing views which can be enjoyed from the lounge and bedroom “down the listed Giant Redwood tree avenue that leads up to the grand frontage of the Royal Earlswood Park.”

They added: “The property has inclusive use of the communal swimming pool, gym and Library which are housed in the stunning former Chapel in the Main Building.

“There are two private parking spaces allocated to this property. Easy access to London via Earlswood train station which is five minutes walk from property, with Gatwick Airport eight miles south.”

Horley, Surrey

Horley is a town in the borough of Reigate and Banstead in Surrey and is close to Gatwick airport.

Price: £350,000 (Keller Williams)

Location: Lumley Road, Horley, Surrey, RH6

Distance to London: 28 minutes by train

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Best National Trust properties to see beautiful Cherry Blossom displays this spring

National Trust gardens always offer plenty to visitors, with cherry blossom a common sighting in the spring. A number of National Trust properties all over the country offer stunning displays, but where are some of the best? Express.co.uk teamed up with Visit England to find out.

Bateman’s, East Sussex

Bateman’s is a Jacobean house and erstwhile home of famous author Rudyard Kipling nestled in the wooded landscape of the Sussex Weald.

While the house is still closed due to Covid restrictions, the garden, estate, tea-room and limited toilets are open.

The property is home to a rose garden and manicured lawns, as well as a vegetable garden and kitchen garden, there’s plenty to spot in springtime.

Visitors can take in the sights of spring from blossom on the fruit trees to the first crops emerging. Take a stroll over to the wild garden in springtime – it’s full of native wildflower species, where the first flowers will be blooming.

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Nymans, West Sussex

Nymans is described by the National Trust as “a garden lovers’ home for all seasons” and features romantic ruins as well as a twentieth-century garden with an amazing collection of rare and important plants, bursting with colour in spring.

Visitors can spot displays of camellias and magnolias and drifts of daffodils. Be sure to take a walk through the walled garden, the woodlands and wild garden to see all that Nymans has to offer at this time of year.

There is also a large shop and plant centre with a special collection of plants grown on-site – although this remains closed under current Covid restrictions.


Hidcote, Gloucestershire

Hidcote is an “Arts and Crafts-inspired garden with intricately designed outdoor spaces in the rolling Cotswold hills,” explains the National Trust

You’ll see a richness and diversity of plants from around the world at Hidcote.

Lawrence Johnston, Hidcote’s former owner and talented landscape designer was passionate about plants. He went to endless trouble and expense to find unusual varieties that would bring colour, scent, shape and texture to the garden.

The garden is divided into a series of ‘outdoor rooms’, each with its own character. The formality of the ‘rooms’ melts away as you move through the garden away from the house.

Lose yourself in a network of beautiful garden rooms waking from their winter slumber. Enjoy drifts of narcissu and later aquilegias and Welsh poppies in the Pillar Garden, and the blossom-filled orchard with emerging wildflowers.

Magnificent magnolias are filling the skies with a warm pink glow so make sure you don’t miss them this spring.

Sizergh, Cumbria

Tucked away outside of Kendal, Sizergh Castle, a gorgeous medieval house, has beautiful gardens and 1600 acres of estate to explore and are currently open to visitors.

You’ll find a real variety in the garden, from the formal Dutch garden to the wilder landscape of the magnificent limestone rock garden. Sizergh has been allowed to evolve and expand gradually over 300 years and is still being developed to this day.

During spring, see the brightly coloured tulips on the top terrace, walk beneath cherry blossom in the Dutch garden and enjoy the spring colours in the rock garden.

Where else to see blossom this spring

Many other National properties also offer excellent displays of blossom.

Emmmetts Garden in Kent, Winkworth Arboretum in Surrey, Seaton Delaval Hall in Northumberland, Wimpole Estate in Cambridgeshire, Coleton Fishacre in South Devon, and Trelissick in Cornwall are all recommended by the organisation.

Of course, you don’t just need to go to a National Trust site to see blossom.

Visit England also advises checking out Batsford Arboretum in Gloucestershire and Tatton Park in Manchester for blossoms this spring.


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House prices: Properties in northern England to remain 'stamp duty free' for six months

The Midlands, northern England, Wales and Scotland have seen the most growth and are at an almost ten-year high.

Liverpool and Manchester have reportedly shown the strongest levels of growth and are up 6.6 percent and 6.4 percent respectively.

Manchester and Bristol have increased by almost £1,000 a month since the pandemic began a year ago.

Gráinne Gilmore, Head of Research, Zoopla, said: “The search for space is driving continued demand for family homes, which means prices for houses are rising faster than flats, and houses are also selling more quickly.

How to live longer: Raspberries have anti-cancer properties and help lower blood sugars

Life expectancy can largely be attributed to a healthy balanced diet. Experts say you should eat at least five portions of a variety of fruit and vegetables every day, base meals on higher fibre starchy foods, have some dairy or dairy alternative, and eat some beans, pulses, fish, eggs, meat and other protein. Choosing unsaturated oils and spread and eating them in small amounts is also important, alongside drinking plenty of fluids. When it comes to fruit, one in particular has numerous health benefits – so much so that it should be a staple in your fridge for those wanting to boost their longevity.

Raspberries are rich in quercetin and gallic acid, which are flavonoids linked to healthy heart function, and they provide protection against obesity.

Raspberries have also been shown to promote healthy cell life and regulate normal cell death.

Raspberries are high in several powerful antioxidant compounds, including vitamin C, quercetin and ellagic acid.

Compared to other berries, raspberries have a similar antioxidant content as strawberries, but only half as much as blackberries and a quarter as much as blueberries.

A review of animal studies suggests raspberries and raspberry extracts have anti-inflammatory and antioxidative effects that may reduce your risk of chronic diseases, such as heart disease, diabetes, obesity and cancer.

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Raspberries are also unlikely to raise blood sugar levels and are low in glycaemic index (GI).

The GI is a measure of how quickly a given food increases your blood sugar.

Though the GI for raspberries has not been determined, most berries fall into the low-glycaemic category.

Additionally, studies show raspberries may lower blood sugar and improve insulin resistance.

In animal studies, mice fed freeze-dried red raspberries alongside a high-fat diet had lower blood sugar levels and less insulin resistance than the control group.

The raspberry-fed mice also demonstrated less evidence of fatty liver disease.

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In a study published in the US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health, the effects of raspberries on killing stomach and colon cancer cells were further analysed.

The study noted: “Although the antioxidant capacity of raspberry extracts is important for inhibiting the proliferation of tumour cells, other characteristics of the berry extracts are responsible for a major part of their antiproliferative activity, and that the relative importance of the antioxidant effect can depend on the cell type being studied.

“The aim of this study was to assess the relative roles of low pH and high antioxidant levels in the killing of three cell types by an aqueous extract from red raspberries.

“Stomach, colon, and breast cancer cells were treated with berry extract

“A dilution of 7.5 percent ascorbic acid solution, of the same pH and slightly higher antioxidant concentration than the berry extract, killed less than 10 percent of the stomach and colon cancer cells.

“In contrast, the berry extract at this same dilution killed more than 90 percent of these cells.”

One study in 27 adults with metabolic syndrome showed that consuming a drink made of freeze-dried strawberries for eight weeks decreased “bad” LDL cholesterol by 11 percent.

Metabolic syndrome is a cluster of risk factors that can lead to heart disease.

In addition, an 18-year study conducted by led by Dr Eric Rimm, associate professor at the Harvard School of Public Health and Harvard Medical School, found women who ate the most strawberries and blueberries were 34 percent less likely to have suffered a heart attack than women who ate the least of these fruits.

Berries also have anti-cancer properties and are excellent food for the brain; there is evidence that berry consumption could help prevent cognitive decline with ageing.